Traditional Bhutia costume c. 1910.

Traditional Bhutia costume. Tibet folk dress. J. Burlington Smith. Views of Darjeeling

Bhutia Beggar. Woman and Child.

Traditional Bhutia costume c. 1910.

Gallery: Views of Darjeeling: With typical native portraits and groups by J. Burlington Smith.

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